While the holidays are a busy and happy time of year for most people, here are some suggestions to ensure that you have a safe holiday season.
- Make sure that your holiday lights, decorations and other electrical products have the UL Mark. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a leader in product safety testing and certification services has created a national safety campaign, Safety at Home, that provides home safety tips and provides consumers with simple and practical ways to make their homes safe. See their article 10 Ways to Stay on the Safe Side This Season.
- Be extra careful with your valuables. Thefts and robberies normally increase during the holiday season, while more people are out shopping. Carry your valuables close to you and do not leave them visible in your vehicle. Protect your credit card numbers and other personal information.
- Carry a cell phone. If someone is acting in a suspicious manner or you are a victim or witness to a crime, call 911 immediately.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Use common sense and secure your purse or wallet, stay in well-lit areas, and avoid less-traveled areas late at night.
- If you are traveling for the holidays, secure your home and make it look lived in. Have a friend or neighbor watch over your home and collect your mail and newspapers. Use timers to turn lights on and off at appropriate times. Join a Neighborhood Watch program to heighten awareness of ways to prevent crime in your neighborhood.
Don’t drink and drive. More traffic accidents occur during the holiday season. Stay safe by taking public transportation, designating a sober driver or taking a free taxi service, like Washington, DC’s SoberRide.